Saturday, March 03, 2007

Pop squats: the sequel

I was feeling quite smug last night - not a hint of soreness from yesterday's pop squats. Usually, my adductors start complaining pretty loudly within a few hours of doing those things. So I was feeling more than a bit superior in a Hey, I completely kick arse kind of way. This morning when I got up at the ungodly Saturday hour of 6:00am, I had just a twinge of ouchiness in my glutes. Now? Now my glutes, hamstrings and quads are ON FIRE. Feels like my arse got kicked alright.


Still no sign of my adductors joining the pain party though. Thank goodness for small mercies.


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For Chris H and anyone else who's wondering but is too shy to ask, here's an explanation of the exercise I love to hate:


Pop squats are a plyometric exercise, and probably not a good idea for anyone with bad knees or ankles...or a dodgy back, for that matter. They're a little hard to describe, so I'm enlisting some help from she-of-the-amazing-six-pack, Jen H....(all bow and fawn in adoration, please)....





Start in a standing position, abs braced, back nice and straight (of course). Jump stright upwards, landing in a wide squat position. Make sure you land softly, and PLEASE wear shoes with good lateral support - you really don't want to roll an ankle. Explode upwards again, landing back in the starting position. These are not performed slowly, by the way - nice and quick, and no resting in between. Superset them with other leg exercises, cardio intervals, or anything you like for a killer workout.

Don't come crying to me when your turned-to-concrete legs won't let you get out of bed the next day though. You have been warned.....

7 comments:

Sairs said...

Aaah, so you are human after all Kek! I was starting to wonder after not even a twinge was felt from pop squats.
I swear they must have come from some mediaeval torture manual.

Was just in Coles grabbing my few bits and pieces that I can't get from the local growers' market, and couldn't help but think of you when I saw chocolate flavoured peanut butter on the shelf. What the?

Oh, and get the spiky butt ball!!It takes some getting used to, but you can give yourself a full body massage by rolling over it in very unusual positions. The inner thigh is a killer, but man it feels GREAT after! I can't wait for my new Ball-stik to get here... The post from Denmark is just taking a while...

Chris H said...

OOOOO KKKKKK, I can do wide squats no problems, but I don't think I'll try your version ! The jumping bit would do me in I reckon, I have one dicky knee. Thanks for the explanation though! Very kind of you. I'm amazed your adductors aren't screaming at you by the way !

MTB Girl said...

hey Kek, I've been firing up the pop squats and walking lunges in preparation for Phat Camp - there is no way I want to be in so much pain at camp on the Sunday this year! Nothing else seems to hurt like they do - it must be good for us, right ?!?

Hann said...

I want that body for myself!

Stubby said...

Well ... I am safe from ever trying them out then if you shouldn't do them if you have dicky knees, ankle or back... I have all three.

Well... maybe be I'll try a couple one day just to see ;) :P

Ashwee said...

I used to HAAATE pop-squats when my trainer would make me do them...

I'm a little sore right now from one of those inner thigh queezy inny machines (technical term).

I'm going to contours now and finding it a really great way to slowly get back into weight training after giving birth. Can't wait to be able to exercise to my capacity again...

Might wait a wile before trying pop squats again!

:)

Selina said...

MMMM ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Like the sound of that workout though!!! To give to a client of course ;)

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